Great Western Research

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South West of England Regional Development Agency HEFCE


This web site was built to comply with internationally accepted web
standards, including accessibility guidelines, in order to make it
accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of personal disability or browsing software.

Standards Compliance
Valid XHTML and CSS: Our pages are written in valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional and styled using valid CSS 2.0 code. We validate our pages regularly to ensure this standard is maintained.

Compliance with the WCAG 1.0 AA standard is the standard we
have applied to the webpages. Some of the guidelines require interpretation and we have used informed judgement to implement them with the needs of users foremost in mind.

Visual Design
We use stylesheets for visual layout combined with structured markup of headings, paragraphs and lists to separate content from presentation.

The content of our pages is still readable if stylesheets are turned off or unavailable.

We have used relative font sizes on our pages to ensure text is resizeable in visual browsers. See instructions for how to resize text in different browsers.

All content images have alt text providing equivalent text to describe their function.

Purely decorative images have empty alt text, i.e. alt="", which means screen readers ignore the images completely.

Browser compatibility
We test our pages to ensure the information they contain is accessible in a range of different browsers as well as with screenreading software. By adhering to web standards we avoid the use of features specific to one browser. If you experience problems whilst using assistive software to access our site, please do let us know.